We don’t know about you, but we are THRILLED that the holiday season is finally here! Holidays, no matter which you celebrate, bring family and friends together. Together, you share stories, games, traditions, and, of course, food!
Make this year’s get-togethers stand out from all the rest by changing up what holiday dishes you bring to parties or serve at your own home. Instead of scrambled eggs and coffee, why not serve shakshuka and masala chai to your overnight guests? Maybe add tahini drizzled veggies to your Thanksgiving table or hummus to your veggie tray.
A new snack, side dish, beverage, or dip is a simple way to share your love of international cuisine and culture. By creating just one new holiday recipe, you could also help create beautiful memories for your loved ones. Not to mention start a new holiday tradition.
We’ve put together a list of 12 crowd-pleasing global food recipes that not only taste delicious but also complement traditional holiday favorites. Plus, each dish is super simple to make!
Breakfast & Brunch
Kick off your holiday mornings right by swapping out one or more common breakfast foods for a sensational globally-inspired substitute.
1. Masala Chai
Prep time: 10 mins | Total time: 25 mins
Treat your overnight guests to a refreshing cup of Masala Chai tea in the morning. Or, serve this Indian Spice Tea as an afternoon pick-me up for yourself and your kitchen helpers. The aroma alone will draw your loved ones to the kitchen.
Our Masala Chai recipe pairs black tea with fennel seeds, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, and other traditional spices. And, don’t worry, it’s caffeinated!
Prep time: 10 mins | Total time: 20 mins
Start the day off with this North African twist on eggs and toast. Our Shakshuka recipe combines a flavorful bold tomato-based sauce full of garlic, peppers, onions, and spices with perfectly poached eggs. Delish! It’s easy to make and pairs great with toast. You can even prep it two days advance. Enjoy shakshuka on busy yet memorable holiday mornings like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
3. Honey & Tahini Manakish
Prep time: 45 mins | Total time: 60 mins
Bread for breakfast? Yes please! Our Manakish recipe tops the classic Middle Eastern flatbread, manakish, with sweet caramelized honey and an earthy tahini dressing. Adults and kids alike will adore this global take on a breakfast pastry.
Don’t limit it to just breakfast though! This sweet family-style flatbread recipe makes a great snack or dessert.
Dips & Dressings
Set out the following dips and dressings on your sandwich-making station, veggie tray, or snack table, and let your guests choose how to enjoy them.
4. Creamy Hummus
Prep time: varies
Hummus is already wildly popular in the states, so adding it to your holiday menu won’t really surprise anyone. We love serving this Middle Eastern dip at get-togethers because it’s easy to make ahead of time. Plus, you can create different variations of Creamy Hummus depending on your guests’ preferences. Like adding in herbs or hot sauce. Hummus even tastes great on leftover turkey sandwiches!
5. Baba Ganoush
Prep time: 15 mins | Total time: 85 mins
Baba Ganoush, a smoky Middle Eastern dip, combines roasted eggplants, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and signature spices like cumin and paprika. Just roast the eggplant, throw everything in the food processor, and season with salt. So simple! Your loved ones can dip in a veggie or pita chip for a taste, and soon enough they’ll be spreading baba ganoush all over their leftover turkey sandwiches.
Appetizers & Snacks
These different yet delicious finger foods will be gone in no time! Easily halve, double, or triple the recipes to accommodate your family members’ appetites.
6. Aloo Samosas
Prep time: 60 mins | Total time: 80 mins
If your family enjoys eating empanadas or egg rolls, introduce them to Aloo Samosas this holiday season. These crispy turnovers are filled with tangy spiced peas and potatoes. The perfect finger food, samosas work great for dinner parties, movie nights, or snacking. Serve with tamarind chutney or festive green cilantro.
7. Indian Spiced Popcorn
Prep time: 5 mins | Total time: 10 mins
Try our addictive Indian Spiced Popcorn. It’s spicy, buttery, and the perfect companion to Thanksgiving football or holiday movie nights. Simply pop the kernels in rich ghee or butter and season with garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.
Gifting your friend (or yourself) the ingredients to make Indian spiced popcorn is simple with our Bollywood Popcorn Set.
8. Crispy Aleppo Pepper Chickpeas
Prep time: 5 mins | Total time: 15 mins
Spicy, crunchy & crowd-pleasing, Crispy Aleppo Pepper Chickpeas will soon be expected at all your holiday gatherings. This Middle Eastern-inspired snack offers the oily, crunchy goodness of a chip but in a protein-filled package. Guests won’t believe that you put together something so spicy and flavorful in only 15 minutes!
9. Onion Pakoras
Prep time: 5 mins | Total time: 15 mins
If you’re familiar with stovetop frying, then this recipe is right up your alley. Onion Pakoras, aka Onion Bhajiyas, are fritters made from chickpea flour, onions, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, and coriander. Mix it all together and fry in batches until each side is golden brown. How simple is that?
Traditionally, these fritters get dipped into a cool yogurt cucumber sauce, but you could also let your guests choose their own condiment. Talk about approachable!
Get creative with your holiday side dishes! Large family meals feature plenty of sides, so why not make one globally inspired?
10. Moroccan Roasted Potato Wedges
Prep time: 10 mins | Total time: 45 mins
A sure-fire way to get the kids on board with new flavors—and let’s be honest, most adults—is to serve them in a familiar way. Moroccan Roasted Potato Wedges look like classic potato wedges but deliver irresistible Middle Eastern flavors like pungent turmeric, sweet cinnamon, and spicy cumin. Give these a plate at your Thanksgiving table.
Serve with cool tzatziki sauce, harissa, ketchup, barbecue sauce, or whatever your family likes. Prefer crispier potatoes? Cook the potatoes in your air fryer instead.
11. Fattoush Salad
Prep time: 10 mins | Total time: 10 mins
Kickstart your holiday meals with a big family-style bowl of Fattoush Salad. It brings together ingredients everyone already knows in a new and fun way. Pair it with a homemade lemony sumac vinaigrette or let your family choose their own dressing. Either way, its pita chip “croutons,” cherry tomatoes, greens, and cucumbers will taste fresh and delicious.
12. Za’atar Roasted Vegetables with Tahini Drizzle
Prep time: 15 mins | Total time: 60 mins
Za’atar Roasted Veggies is the easiest dish on our list to weave into your traditional holiday menu because every meal needs veggies, right? Just gather up ghee or butter, a Za’atar spice blend, and your favorite holiday vegetables. Pair with a cool tahini sauce for some added flavor. These roasted veggies taste great alongside ham or turkey.